Restorative Dentistry Specialist
Missing or damaged teeth can have a significant impact on your overall quality of life, affecting the way you smile, speak, or eat. At Chestnut Hill Dental in Flourtown, Pennsylvania, the team offers restorative dentistry to help patients improve the function and appearance of their smile. Led by Robin Gallagher, DMD, MAES, the practice specializes in high quality comprehensive dental care. To speak with the team about restoring your smile, schedule your appointment by phone or book online today.
Restorative Dentistry Q&A
What is restorative dentistry?
Missing, cracked, and broken teeth are common problems that can dramatically affect the function and appearance of your smile. Restorative dentistry refers to several techniques Dr. Robin and his team use to replace missing or damaged teeth.
Missing or damaged teeth can alter the alignment of your smile and put extra pressure on your remaining teeth. Restorative dentistry aims to preserve your oral health and bring back a natural, healthy appearance to your smile.
What services are available?
Chestnut Hill Dental offers several safe and effective restorative services, including:
Bonding is a simple and effective way to improve the structure and appearance of a damaged tooth. Dr. Robin may recommend cosmetic bonding if you suffer from a chipped tooth or gaps between your teeth.
During the procedure, Dr. Robin applies and molds a tooth-colored resin over your damaged tooth. Dr. Robin reshapes the resin to achieve a natural appearance. He then hardens the resin using an ultraviolet light.
Bonding is a quick procedure that can take as little as 30 minutes.
A dental bridge is an excellent way to restore the function and appearance of a missing tooth. A dental bridge is a device that attaches to teeth on either side of your missing tooth. The bridge acts as an anchor for the artificial tooth (crown) that fills in the gap.
A bridge effectively fills the vacant space left by your missing tooth, allowing you to smile, speak, and eat normally. Chestnut Hill Dental offers porcelain bridges and crowns that are crafted on-site to ensure long-lasting strength and a natural-appearing restoration.
A crown is a durable covering that goes over a severely damaged or missing tooth. Also called a cap, crowns are a versatile way to restore strength and a healthy appearance to teeth affected by injury or decay.
A crown can protect your teeth from further damage and help you maintain the structure of your smile.
A dental implant is a type of restoration that looks and functions just like your natural tooth. A dental implant consists of an artificial tooth (crown) and a small metal post that fuses with your jaw bone and acts as a replacement for the root of your missing tooth. An oral surgeon places the metal post in a separate facility.
After the metal post successfully fuses with your jawbone over the course of several months, Dr. Robin provides you with a custom crown that permanently attaches to the implant.
What happens during my first restorative dentistry appointment?
During your appointment, Dr. Robin performs a thorough dental exam. If you suffer from a damaged tooth, you may require a procedure like a filling or extraction before your restoration. Dr. Robin and his team work with you to determine which type of restoration is right for you.
To schedule your next visit at Chestnut Hill Dental, call the office, or book an appointment online today.